While peering through the glass-covered hole in the floor of Flow Bar and Restaurant, you may catch a glimpse of a featured item on next week's menu swimming through the underground Mauch Chunk Creek. Executive chef Zachary Pelliccio—whose farm-based upbringing informs his ultra-fresh fare—procures produce and earthy high-fives from the hands of Lehigh Valley and Pocono-area farmers as well as meat, poultry, and eggs from the likes of Spring Mountain Farms of Lehighton. Pelliccio crafts starters such as a duck rillette with cranberry and green-tea preserves and large plates including a grass-fed burger on house-baked brioche, realizing the edible portion of the renovation dream of co-owners Victor Stabin and Joan Morykin. The husband-and-wife team bought the circa-1850 stone building in 2004. Temporarily trading his paintbrushes and her journalist's laptop for a hammer and nails, Stabin and Morykin and a team of artisans conducted a overhaul lasting four years. The historic space has been a wire mill, silk mill, and toy factory, and now also houses art classes and galleries featuring the work of local artists, including Stabin himself. One gallery is devoted to encouraging children's creativity and has showcased the talents of the couple's two young daughters.
Though Loving Hut is part of an international group of restaurants spearheaded by Buddhist Supreme Master Ching Hai, each franchise, including the Ledgewood location, cultivates its menu according to local tastes. The result is a menu of thoughtfully crafted vegan fare. For instance, the cheese sauce that smothers macaroni and burgers is made in-house without dairy, and soy protein adds substance to a selection of sandwiches and noodle and rice dishes. All of this is served in a clean white interior lit by ornate golden chandeliers. On the walls hang floral paintings and a fish tank whose bubbles spell out "Thank you for not eating me".
Owner and Head Chef Tim Lan draws from his culinary training in Southern China and his travels across the globe to craft a menu that fuses the best of Asian, American, Italian, and French cuisines. Guests take places at tables clad in crisp, white linens before being serenaded with soft classical music⎯suggested by dining experts as a natural way to increase feelings of fanciness.
Diners receive elegantly plated feasts of lobster ravioli, lightly breaded general tso's chicken, and crab-cake sandwiches free of harmful trans-fats and crafted from many organic, hormone-free ingredients. Vegetarian plates and gluten-free options, such as brown-rice pasta with salmon and pesto, satisfy both taste buds and dietary demands.
Following the lead of Arnold Kauffman, Arnold's Way is the path to a healthier lifestyle through the consumption of living foods. Over the years, Kauffman has influenced countless visitors, vegans, and raw foodists who have embraced his way of life. At Arnold's Way, he shares his knowledge on a menu of living foods such as his signature green shake, which he says both helps promote weight loss and good health. The kitchen also prepares a host of raw soups, sandwiches, and even pastas made from spiral-shaped zucchini.
Vintage Grille serves a menu of backyard favorites, which rotate depending on what ingredients are in season, in a charming, upscale BYOB restaurant. The Vintage surf and turf combines the earthly properties of a 6-ounce filet mignon with the buoyancy of sautéed lump crab ($28), apple-infused boneless pork chops bunk nicely with warm apple slaw and mashed potato ($20), and seafood paella satiates arid stomachs with shrimp, clams, and mussels in rice and marinara sauce ($24). Sandwiches and burgers accommodate portable dining with ease, teasing taste buds with delicious items such as the cabernet cherry burger, a half-pound Angus beef burger topped with bleu cheese, bacon, and a house-made cabernet cherry sauce ($12.95). Appetizers, soups and salads, and small plates (available Monday–Thursday) break the ground between appetizer and entree with medium-size versions of regular menu favorites. Bring your own libations to pair classic spirits with suitable mates.